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post Dec 29 2015, 04:01 PM
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...so I'm stuck in this evening while Mr D* goes out for drinks with football pals whom I do not socialise with very well! I am thinking of entertaining myself by watching a film on Sky/Netflix/Amazon but I'm at a complete loss as to what to watch and thus thought I would turn to Buzzjack for suggestions.

For inspiration and helping you make any suggestions, these are some of the films that I've watched recently-ish and really enjoyed together with some all time favourites:

Inside Out
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Rush
Gone Girl
Birdman
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Fargo
Sister Act
Amelie
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Bourne films


Films I hated / genres I dislike...

Horror films in general
Transformers and other completely braindead action films
Romance!
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post Dec 29 2015, 04:40 PM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Dec 29 2015, 04:01 PM) *
Films I hated / genres I dislike...

Horror films in general

Well i'm out of ideas...

(how can you dislike a genre as expansive and deep and diverse as this though!? There are a multitude of different "horrors" and it's easily the most rewarding genre there is ohmy.gif - is there a specific type of horror you dislike or is it every style?)
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:06 PM
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If you like more sophisticated movies, Ex-Machina is a very interesting sci-fi movie that has you thinking for hours later. Maybe you should read up about it before you dive in though, some very good performances from some up-and-coming actors.

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Mad Max: Fury Road are two of the greatest action films I've seen in ages but not sure if they'll qualify as too mindless for you especially the latter which is a bit thin on plot.

I think maybe you'd like Her too because that's very interesting but it is pretty much just a disguised love story.

Captain America: Winter Soldier is regarded as one of the better Marvel movies too on par with GotG so you might like that maybe.

Tough list tongue.gif


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post Dec 29 2015, 05:07 PM
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If you haven't seen it and it's still on Netflix then Exam is an intriguing film to pass an hour and a half.
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:13 PM
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I'll back up Ex Machina, Exam and Her, both really great, intriguing films.

Also given the other films in that list are recent Oscar hits, you might like The Imitation Game or Boyhood if you've not already seen them? The latter in particular is quite similar to Birdman in it's ways of filmmaking and manipulating of cinematic forms, really wonderful film to watch as well.
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:22 PM
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QUOTE(HausofKubrick @ Dec 29 2015, 04:40 PM) *
Well i'm out of ideas...

(how can you dislike a genre as expansive and deep and diverse as this though!? There are a multitude of different "horrors" and it's easily the most rewarding genre there is ohmy.gif - is there a specific type of horror you dislike or is it every style?)


To be honest, I used to quite like horror movies but then I watched a couple that really played on mind far more than they ever should have and I found myself really rather freaked out by them. I'm now a bit scared to watch them in case they keep me awake. I probably shouldn't admit that but it's true. blush.gif
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE(Josh Josh Binks @ Dec 29 2015, 05:06 PM) *
If you like more sophisticated movies, Ex-Machina is a very interesting sci-fi movie that has you thinking for hours later. Maybe you should read up about it before you dive in though, some very good performances from some up-and-coming actors.

Kingsman: The Secret Service and Mad Max: Fury Road are two of the greatest action films I've seen in ages but not sure if they'll qualify as too mindless for you especially the latter which is a bit thin on plot.

I think maybe you'd like Her too because that's very interesting but it is pretty much just a disguised love story.

Captain America: Winter Soldier is regarded as one of the better Marvel movies too on par with GotG so you might like that maybe.

Tough list tongue.gif

Thanks! I've actually got Kingsman on order from Amazon as I saw it was rated highly by a few people on here, it won't be today's film but should be arriving tomorrow and I'm very much looking forward to it. happy.gif

I'm interested in Her and I'll look up the Mad Max film - I don't dislike action movies by any means, I just have issues with the Transformers series and ones that are entirely made up of fx scenes of fx characters smashing through fx buildings etc.
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:29 PM
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Out of the list so far, I'll definitely give Ex-Machina, Boyhood, Exam and Her a shot first off. Thanks all for the suggestions so far, I'm finding myself getting more and more into films again of late so I'll keep any suggestions in mind for the next few weeks.
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:35 PM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Dec 29 2015, 05:22 PM) *
To be honest, I used to quite like horror movies but then I watched a couple that really played on mind far more than they ever should have and I found myself really rather freaked out by them. I'm now a bit scared to watch them in case they keep me awake. I probably shouldn't admit that but it's true. blush.gif

Aww that's really adorable laugh.gif Yeah I only asked because there is so much to get from a *good* horror film and I am aware that a lot of the stuff can be absolute tripe. They are the films that make me think the most and make me go through most emotions.

Maybe not when you're alone, but when Mr D* is in too you can hit me up and I can suggest some good ones tongue.gif
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:42 PM
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If we go down the Oscar route, "Wild" and "Still Alice" are two of the best films that scored nods at the start of this year imo. I don't know how they compare to the films you've recently seen and enjoyed, but they aren't horror, braindead action or romance unsure.gif

QUOTE(HausofKubrick @ Dec 29 2015, 04:40 PM) *
Well i'm out of ideas...

(how can you dislike a genre as expansive and deep and diverse as this though!? There are a multitude of different "horrors" and it's easily the most rewarding genre there is ohmy.gif - is there a specific type of horror you dislike or is it every style?)


I dismiss horror as a genre (the current range that seem to get released in cinemas - reviews often don't seem great and I just have no interest in having a 'scare', I'd rather be laughing, charmed or gripped by a drama) but I'm open to you changing my view, if it's possible..laugh.gif
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:44 PM
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Before dismissing horror entirely I suggest seeing The Babadook !
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QUOTE(J▲hq @ Dec 29 2015, 05:42 PM) *
I dismiss horror as a genre (the current range that seem to get released in cinemas - reviews often don't seem great and I just have no interest in having a 'scare', I'd rather be laughing, charmed or gripped by a drama) but I'm open to you changing my view, if it's possible..laugh.gif

Oh i don't go for the modern stuff either really ohmy.gif I am talking more 60s, 70s, 80s horror where there was a lot more substance. There is so much to get into from back there, it's a totally different art form to the stuff that is produced now.
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:46 PM
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Like Jahq, Wild is also my suggestion! A fantastic drama that keeps you intrigued at all times and is a terrific movie.
As also been mentioned many times, Ex_Machina is a great movie and would definitely recommend that

I'll try and think of a couple of others in a few minutes heart.gif
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post Dec 29 2015, 05:48 PM
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Oh yes I definitely give another vote for Exam, incredibly clever film and you are gripped from the first minute.
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post Dec 29 2015, 06:55 PM
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Just starting to watch Ex Machina... will report back later! happy.gif
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post Dec 29 2015, 06:58 PM
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Oo good choice, definitely gets your brain ticking afterwards.
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post Dec 29 2015, 08:31 PM
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Give 'Kingsman' a shot too!
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post Dec 29 2015, 08:43 PM
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Finished watching Ex Machina and enjoyed it... It had me second and third guessing things all the way through and while I guessed some of it, I didn't get the ending correct at all... I was a bit sad that she left Caleb locked in the room, although I guess that was the proof that she was still AI and not acting in a true human fashion, i.e. not letting emotion get in the way of logical decisions.

Definitely a good shout! biggrin.gif
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Ex Machina was a bit OK-ish for me, looked like it was going to be fab, but disappointed a bit. Ditto Mad Max, so in ya face relentless action.

Great films of 2015 for me (excluding currently at the cinema films)

The Martian, Ridley Scott back on form.
Ant-man
The Man From UNCLE, Guy Ritchie's most entertaining
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (FAB)
Spy (Melissa McCarthy being herself, amusing enough)
Terminator: Genisys
Minions (mildly amusing if watching with kids)
A Walk In The Woods (Bill Bryson, slow but decent)
Absolutely Anything (Pythons, Kylie & Simon Pegg, it's good enough for me)
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (charming senior comedy)
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post Dec 29 2015, 08:57 PM
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Exam is being lined up next... just got to make myself some chocolate pasta first as a perfect evening film watching accompaniment.



(oh and thank you PCF for the updated recommendations - I've seen Avengers & have been intrigued by Ant-man already but the others would have passed me by so I'll add them to my list. Aside from maybe Minions!!!)


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